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See Locally Designed Dresses Worn by the Miss Universe Candidates at the National Gift Auction

A fashion spectacle showcasing the works of 86 talented Filipino designers!
See Locally Designed Dresses Worn by the Miss Universe Candidates at the National Gift Auction
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A fashion spectacle showcasing the works of 86 talented Filipino designers!

Last night, the Miss Universe 2016 candidates strutted their stuff at a fashion show that accompanied the auction of national gifts they each brought from their home countries! The spectacle featured creations of 86 Filipino designers, one for each nation represented. Among them are industry favorites Cary Santiago, Rajo Laurel, Rhett Eala, and Francis Libiran.

Proceeds of the auction tallied up to a grand total of around P850,000, all of which will go to Positive Action Foundation Philippines Incorporated, a charity that targets the alleviation of HIV and AIDS in the country.

Curious? Below, we've listed some of the looks that caught our eyeproof that fashion can be fabulous for a noble-hearted cause. We can't wait for the coronation night!

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Miss Argentina in Amir Sali

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Miss Paraguay in Noel Crisostomo

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Miss Denmark in Francis Libiran

"This gown is inspired by the intricacy of my trademark Art Deco pattern. It's made of pure silk chiffon fabric embellished with custom laser-cutout and dyed-to-match beadwork[all in all], it took me one month to create."

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Miss Albania (left) in Albert Fontanilla

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Miss Aruba in Andrea Tetangco

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Miss Slovak Republic in Rajo Laurel

"I wanted to do something modern and simple with a nod to athleticism. I made a red gown in a silk crepe, which I [embellished] with horizontal stripes of metallic beads & red bugle beads. The gown also features a racer back detail."

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Miss Germany in Jaki Peñalosa

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Miss Honduras in Jian Lasala

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Miss Guatemala in JC Buendia

"I was assigned to do a red gown for Miss Guatemala, Virginia Argueta; I thought it was perfect because she's from Latin America. There were some considerations in choosing the fabrics for the gown, I chose stretchy jersey for the skirt and lace for the bodice because we weren't given time to measure and fit the girls."

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Miss Indonesia in JohnJohn Ditching

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Miss New Zealand in Michael Sta. Maria

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Miss Vietnam in Val Taguba

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Miss Australia in Arnold Galang

"[This dress] had a simple tubular silhouette which was inspired by the Philippine's national tree, the narra. It represented our [country]: strong, sturdy, and determined to surpass all and come out victorious." 

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Miss Russia in Patty Ang

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Miss Philippines in Odelon Simpao

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